McCall puts away Ferriday; Natchez girls win

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 31, 2005

TALLULAH, La. &045; The McCall Lady Dragons had their problems with the Ferriday Lady Trojans in the first half of a key District 4-2A game for both teams Tuesday night. So much so that the score was tied at 28-28 at halftime.

But foul trouble and the play of McCall post player Bettina Fountain quickly changed the momentum to the Lady Dragons in the third quarter as they rolled to a 62-41 win over the Lady Trojans.

Even though both teams went into the game with impressive records &045; McCall at 12-5 and Ferriday at 18-5 &045; the first half was perhaps closer than some people expected.

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Ferriday (18-6, 1-2) took a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but McCall (13-5, 2-1) edged the Lady Trojans 16-14 in the second quarter.

The final two quarters, on the other hand, was anything but close.

&uot;The second half we got in foul trouble,&uot; Abron said. &uot;We had to switch defenses to a zone. That’s when Bettina went to work. She’s so strong down low. Our post players had three and four fouls in the third quarter.&uot;

Fountain scored the majority of her 20 points in the second half. She got plenty of help from Erica Hicks, who led the Lady Dragons with a game-high 21 points, as well as Amia Wright, who had 15.

McCall outscored Ferriday 15-5 in the third quarter and 19-8 in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

Natchez 67, Vicksburg 45

NATCHEZ &045; The Natchez girls are on a six-game winning streak with no signs of stopping anytime soon. Natchez (3-2, 12-8) beat Vicksburg (1-4, 12-12) to stay in the race for the top spot in Division 6-5A.

The Missy Gators kept things close in the early going and Natchez led just 28-21 at half.

Then the Lady Bulldogs turned up the heat with a 21-point third quarter to take a 49-32 lead heading into the final period. Natchez center Jasmine Woods led that surge with 13 points of her own in the third, hitting the offensive glass hard and using a couple nifty post moves to assert herself down low.

&uot;They seemed to get every loose ball with their quickness,&uot; Vicksburg head coach Michael Coleman said. &uot;They also killed us on the offensive glass.&uot;

A big part of that rebounding advantage was Woods, who finished with 27 points.

&uot;I just wanted to give it all I had,&uot; Woods said. &uot;We try to really get up for district games, and I just thank God I could help my team to win.&uot;

Natchez coach Sue Johnson credited the team’s win to switching defenses to a 1-3-1 full-court press that forced a number of Vicksburg turnovers.

&uot;It was changing defenses &045; that press really bothered them,&uot; Johnson said. &uot;That was a key factor. You have to get the ball first, then you can get the ball to the post. At first, it was just tit-for-tat.&uot;

Adams Christian 48, WCCA 15

WOODVILLE &045; ACCS (21-5) took a 12-2 lead after one quarter of play and then outscored WCCA (7-15) 16-6 in the second quarter to take a 20-point halftime lead.

Ariana DeLaSalle led the Lady Rebels with eight points.

Tensas Academy 67, Huntington 35

FERRIDAY, La. &045; Tensas (17-6, 7-0) made sure it stayed undefeated and atop the district standings by itself as four players scored in double figures for the Lady Chiefs.

Tabitha Howard led the way with 15 points. Jessie Lee led Huntington (13-10, 5-2) with nine.

Monterey 50, Sicily Island 23

MONTEREY, La. &045; The Lady Wolves got the ball to Brittany Woodruff, who led them with 23 points, and with a defense that held Rockel Gray, the leading scorer for the Lady Tigers (10-16, 1-3) to just seven points.

Monterey trailed Sicily Island 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Wolves outscored the Lady Tigers 9-0 in the second quarter to take a 19-11 lead and dominated the second half.

Hazlehurst 62, Jefferson County 41

FAYETTE &045; Hazlehurst (14-11, 5-2) got a big game from Jalissa Sandifer, who stepped up her game and finished with a game-high 21 points. The Lady Indians led 16-8 after one quarter of play and 31-14 at halftime.

Stacy Thomas led Jefferson County (5-18, 2-9) with 17 points.